Thuxton with Garvestone War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
List Entry Number:
Date first listed:
Statutory Address:
St Margaret's Churchyard, Dereham Road, Garvestone, Norfolk, NR9 4AD


© Crown Copyright and database right 2021. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2021. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1464649.pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 06-Dec-2021 at 17:10:02.


Statutory Address:
St Margaret's Churchyard, Dereham Road, Garvestone, Norfolk, NR9 4AD

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Breckland (District Authority)
Garvestone, Reymerston and Thuxton
National Grid Reference:


First World War memorial, 1919.

Reasons for Designation

The Thuxton with Garvestone War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Historic interest:

* as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* a robust, well-executed granite cross which is unaltered and continues to reflect the intentions of the communities by whom it was erected.

Group Value:

* with the Grade II* listed Church of St Margaret and a Grade II listed telephone kiosk nearby.


The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and the official policy of not repatriating the dead: memorials, therefore, provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Garvestone as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. Thuxton with Garvestone’s memorial, like many in Norfolk, is situated at the church.

No records of the erection of the memorial have been found, though it is presumed to have been raised in 1919, as its inscription records. The memorial commemorates eight local servicemen who fell in the First World War and five men who fell in the Second World War.


First World War memorial, erected in approximately 1919. MATERIALS: constructed from granite.

PLAN: located at the entrance to St Margaret’s Churchyard.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial comprises a roughly-hewn Latin cross with an incised head and a tapering shaft, mounted on a simple square plinth and standing on a raised bed. The shaft and plinth, which are finely-hewn, bear the inscriptions in incised and black-painted lettering: IN / THANKFUL / COMMEMORATION / OF THE PEACE 1919 / AND IN GRATEFUL / REMEMBRANCE OF / THESE OUR BROTHERS / OF THUXTON WITH / GARVESTON WHO / GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR / RIGHT AND HONOUR / IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 – 1919 / (NAMES). The plinth reads: ‘1939 – 1945’ followed by the names of the five who died in the conflict.


'Thuxton and Garvestone', War Memorials Register, Imperial War Museum, accessed 20 May 2019 from
'Thuxton with Garvestone War Memorial', ref WMO0211597, accessed 20 May 2019 from


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

End of official listing

Your Contributions

User contributions are not fact checked and do not represent the official position of Historic England.

Request a correction of the list entry

Read the Enriching the List Terms and Conditions

For any other issue or if you need help, please email: [email protected]

Upcoming maintenance

Enriching The List will be unavailable on 7 & 8 December to allow us to prepare for the launch of an upgraded version.